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Valparaiso University

United States
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Student population Medium (1,001 to 10,000)
International students 15%
Institution type Private

About Valparaiso University

Valparaiso University is a comprehensive, private, selective university founded in 1859.  Our diverse student body includes more than 4,500 students from most U.S. states and more than 50 countries.  Aside from a beautiful campus and a fantastic amount of student involvement, you’ll find that we have a strong international population of over 600 students who are an active and vital component of our campus. Our international students each add diversity and global perspective to the atmosphere of the university. 

In addition to our expansive undergraduate programs, we also offer more than 40 master’s degree programs and have our own School of Law.  Students needing preliminary English language training can apply for conditional admission and join our English language program, INTERLINK, before enrolling in undergraduate or graduate coursework. Our academic programs are accredited by the highest bodies and we rank among the top five universities in the Midwest Region by US News and World Report.  We are also among the 15% of U.S. colleges and universities featured in the annual Princeton Review.

Our location combines both safety and access to a myriad of cultural opportunities. We are located in Valparaiso, Indiana, a city of approximately 31,000 residents.  Our city is small and safe, but is also a suburb of Chicago, Illinois, the third largest city in the US.  We are about one hour from downtown Chicago (accessible by car, train, or bus) which offers many employment and cultural opportunities.

Campus information

Our spacious campus of 320 acres contains more than 60 academics and residential buildings, including:

  • 202,000-square-foot Harre Student Union, completed in 2009, offers space for recreation and meetings as well as a computer lab, bookstore, career center, and two dining options at Founders Table and the Campus Cafe.
  • Located on the highest point on campus, the Chapel of the Resurrection has been a Northwest Indiana landmark for more than 50 years.
  • The Center for the Arts includes 275-seat theater, 170-seat recital hall, and the Brauer Museum of Art.
  • The Christopher Center for Library and Information Resources stores 600,000 volumes and offers 180 public computers.
  • Campus living arrangements include nine residence halls and apartment buildings, and seven fraternity houses.

Valpo students have access to state-of-the-art facilities and equipment, including:

  • Campus-wide Internet access
  • Media-equipped classrooms and laboratories
  • Advanced research light microscopes and an electron microscope
  • Digital video and audio labs, teleproduction studios, and a weather forecasting studio

Our athletic facilities include four gyms, an indoor track and pool, racketball courts, and a fitness center offering cardio machines and weights.

Valparaiso University is an hour southeast of Chicago and 2.5 hours north of Indianapolis.

Interstates 65, 80/90 and 94 and State Highways 30 and 49 are all within minutes of campus. The campus is within easy access of severalairports and bus lines.

Travel within the city of Valparaiso can be done by local bus line (free for university students), and students can take either commuter rail or bus lines into nearby Chicago. The city of Valparaiso has a variety of parks, restaurants, and shopping areas, and is located just 15 minutes from the shores of Lake Michigan.


Courses available 10

Accounting & Finance 1 Applied, Pure Sciences 5 Business, Management 1 Engineering 2 Health and Medicine 1


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